LEIMAY Ludus Lab - Body Weather Training led by Sherwood Chen

Body Weather is kinesthetic and movement research initiated by butoh dancer/farmer Min Tanaka and members of his company Mai Juku, further developed independently by exponents worldwide. This training proposes and generates questions about the body and vigilance towards its immediate, ever-shifting internal and external states. We work with our direct senses, imagery and varied interventions towards the ceaseless porosity between flesh, bone, imagination and space to yield impossible and/or newfound bodies.

Sherwood Chen will work with the group to challenge physical limits, scale and timing, evoking sense memory and re-examine the body as a dynamic, transformative environment. Bring exigence and your inquisitive body.

Dates: October 17th, 6:00pm-10:00pm // October 18th & 19th, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Price: $160 full course / $56 single class

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Sherwood Chen has worked as a performer with artists including Anna Halprin, Min Tanaka, Xavier Le Roy, l’agence touriste, inkBoat, Ko Murobushi, Liz Santoro, Grisha Coleman, Arcane Collective and Sara Shelton Mann. In 2009, he formed dance collaborative Headmistress with choreographer Amara Tabor-Smith, and together they are artists in residence at ODC in San Francisco (2012-2015). Sherwood has worked with Body Weather Laboratory training, initiated by Tanaka, since 1993, and was a resident member of Tanaka’s international performance collective Mai Juku in rural Japan. He has facilitated Body Weather Laboratory and danced with Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg in Los Angeles. He continues to develop Simultaneous Translations, movement training and research he has offered in spaces including Independent Dance-Siobahn Davies Studios, K3 Tanzplan, Chez Bushwick, Kunst-Stoff, Pole Nord Éstaque, EDEN Berlin, UC Berkeley, and Point Éphémère in Paris. He has created solo, collaborative and group dances at venues including Theatre de L’Échangeur, ODC, PS122, Thread Waxing Space, CounterPULSE, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Sala Crisantempo and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts with Headmistress, Fazenda São João, Cap Quinze in Marseille, Cultural Exchange Station in Tábor (CESTA), and Point Éphémère.


LEIMAY’s performance season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency. LEIMAY Ludus Labs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.